Lennie grapples his way to Atlantis title

Lennie Scudder
Lennie Scudder

Lennie Scudder capped off a successful night of combat for the First Generation Fitness team, by capturing the South Coast Fighting welterweight title.

Scudder, who trains mixed martial arts at First Generation Fitness in Eastbourne, used superior grappling to storm towards a unanimous decision victory over Worthing-based Ben Jenkins on October 5 at Atlantis nightclub.

Scudder said, “It felt incredible to win the belt in the main-event. A lot of tension has built up between the two clubs, but I’m just so glad the belt is represented by one of Eastbourne’s own First Generation fighters.

“Ben was strong and technical, he had good striking and a defensive ground game. I’m happy with my performance, and it was definitely my hardest fight to date. The only thing I was disappointed with was that I didn’t finish it and it went the distance.”

Earlier in the night, Scudder’s teammate Alex Salisbury secured an impressive decision victory, after out-wrestling his overseas opponent who travelled from France to compete in the SFC event.

Salisbury said, “It meant a lot to me to win, especially remaining undefeated in front of my friends and family.

“I knew he was a tough fighter. He flew in from France, so I knew he was coming to win. I would like to thank my coaches Tolly Plested, Paul Morgan and Liam Etebar, and now I’m either looking for a title fight or to drop down to middleweight.”

Also standing out from Eastbourne was Lee Finch and Adnan Bushashi, who won by first-round stoppages. Etebar and Hovo Tadevosyan also picked up memorable victories in their bouts.